RC schools fully staffed after hires

ROGERS CITY — Rogers City Area Schools is fully staffed for the 2019-20 school year, Superintendent Nick Hein told the district Board of Education on Monday.

The board filled two vacant teacher positions during Monday’s meeting and now has a full staff ready to go for the school year that begins Sept. 3.

“This was no small task in today’s job market, and it’s truly a tribute to our school and our community,” Hein said.

“You can go wherever you want in education.”

Hein said the district has been able to attract people to Rogers City because of the culture teachers have created in the buildings.

“When people drive into Rogers City, they think, ‘This is the place I like to work,’ (and) that’s not true with everywhere else,” he said. “The fact of the matter is that we’re filling these positions and other districts aren’t able to, and that’s the quality of all the people. It’s excellent.”

Hein told the board Monday that he’s heard that the state budget isn’t expected to be completed by Oct. 1, which would cause a shutdown of the state government. But the district is in good standing with its budget, he said.

The district is projecting a $100 increase in per pupil funding.

“We projected low, so I still feel good where we’re at,” Hein said. “I don’t know exactly what is going to happen.”

Julie Goldberg can be reached at 989-358-5688 or jgoldberg@thealpenanews.com. Follow her on Twitter @jkgoldberg12.